Play the Hawaiian steel guitar

The sound of the Hawaiian steel guitar is sweet, nostalgic and unmistakably Hawaiian. The tradewinds and surf reside in its subtle vibrato.

“How to Play the Hawaiian Steel Guitar” is a well-illustrated and easy-to-understand book complete with accompanying audio CD of lessons and songs.

Henry Kaleialoha Allen shares everything the novice needs to know in order to play this beautiful instrument — from purchasing the perfect guitar to performing with a Hawaiian flourish.

This primer, adapted from Allen’s popular self-published guide, features a history of the Hawaiian steel guitar, instructions for reading musical notation, a practical guide to buying and tuning a steel guitar, guidance on using the bar, sheet music for 11 original songs, exercises and a discussion of the nuances of the “Hawaiian touch.”

A steel guitar, guitar and ‘ukulele teacher, Allen was born in Hilo, on the Big Island, and raised on O‘ahu.

In 1993 he was awarded a Master Artist Teacher, ASFCA Folk Arts Award from the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and also from the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Artists, HARA.

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